Freeze Frame

We call each other “sir” or “miss.”
We are actors and actresses-iss-iss.
Underneath the tattoo of a heart

are layers of skin and blood and bones
compatible with a real and beating
t-ta-ta-ticker, but this design

is beautiful.
It rises and falls with an inhale and, phew,
an exhale. A puff of gray lingers

in the air while a mile away
at the local gym, forty-two people sculpt
in a common medium. Some

have their own tattoos. Others, their own scars.
They speak and they sing songs of this.
They are actors and actresses.

(org. 3/18/07 rev. 2/11/09)

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